In Drumglass High, we use a programme called Accelerated Reader with our KS3 pupils in order to help promote reading for pleasure.
The aim is to ensure pupils are reading books of an appropriate challenge which in turn will help to raise literacy standards for students of all abilities.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Some of you may already be familiar with Accelerated Reader as it is used in some of our feeder primary schools.
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.
Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace.
When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer or tablet (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read).
AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct on going reading practice.
How does it work?
How do pupils know what to read?
Children using AR choose their own books to read which makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying as children can progress and improve at their own pace.
The computerised Star Reader test has determined each pupil’s reading levels and therefore the range of books that will best suit each pupil.
The AR books in the library are labelled with the different levels so that pupils will know what books they should be selecting.
As they progress, children are rewarded for their achievements on quizzes successfully completed and for the word count reached.
Reading is at the heart of literacy and making improvements in your child’s reading ability will have a positive impact on literacy skills across all areas of the curriculum.
As a result, pupils are timetabled for 15 minutes reading daily in classes across the curriculum. We ask that parents encourage their child to read for a minimum of 10 minutes a night.
“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” Roald Dahl
Congratulations to our millionaire accelerated readers. A fantastic achievement, to have read so many words. Can anyone join our millionaires and how many words can you read by the end of June?
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